Driving Impact - Kukuwa Initiative
It wasn’t until undergrad that I learned about the complexities of childbirth in developing countries while working with some classmates to raise funds for obstetric fistula, a medical condition affecting millions of women in the developing world—a childbirth injury in which a hole develops in the birth canal often resulting in uncontrollable leakage of urine or feces. In most cases, the baby is stillborn and the woman suffers humiliation, isolation, and stigma for the rest of her life as a result of the uncontrollable movements.
After launching Pamoja, I intentionally set out to partner with an organization who’s purpose is is to help eradicate the inequalities of reproductive health in the developing world, because I strongly believe we hold the power to collectively drive change. To date, Kujuwa Initiative has produced ~23,000 reusable sanitary pads made from up cycled fabrics that last for up to three years and have trained girls on how to use these, giving them the confidence to attend school during their periods. In addition, they lead Teen forums for girls and boys on topics around sexual health, puberty & menstruation, relationships, values, drugs and substance abuse which has positively led to changed behaviors with study groups and football teams forming.
I am so proud of the work Kujuwa Initiative has done thus far and excited to see them do more, because “when women can decide whether and when to have children, it saves lives, promotes health, expands education, and creates prosperity—no matter what country in the world you're talking about!"